NBA Rumors: Is Phil Jackson trying to recruit Dwight Howard or Al Horford in free agency?

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NBA Rumors: Is Phil Jackson trying to recruit Dwight Howard or Al Horford in free agency?

The New York Knicks have boosted their point guard position by roping in former MVP Derrick Rose. Knicks’ president Phil Jackson and company are now eyeing to upgrade the team’s center position.

The two-star centers on the Knicks radar are Dwight Howard and Al Horford. Howard, The former No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft in 2004, was once projected as the next Shaquille O’Neal. But critics cited Howard’s lack of effort on both sides of the court as a reason for his failure to emerge as a top-tier center.

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The Houston Rockets’ center’s average declined drastically to 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 32.1 minutes per game in 2015-16 season, as reported by the Fansided.com.

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Howard will get an ideal atmosphere to excel in a platform surrounded by Phil Jackson, nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony and talented Kristaps Porzingis in New York. With the inclusion of Rose and Howard, the Knicks back-court would become capable of challenging the best teams in the league.

The Knicks shipped Robin Lopez to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Derrick Rose. Lopez’s departure created a vacancy in the center position. Phil Jackson is looking for to replace him with a center who could rebound well.

Is Al Horford a better option than Howard?

Al Horford is another sought after free agent center this summer. Horford’s versatility and shooting prowess from beyond the arc make the Atlanta Hawks’ star an ideal center in the NBA.

Horford posted averages of 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 0.8 steals, while shooting 34 percent from beyond the 3-point line in 32.1 minutes per game in the 2015-16 season with the Hawks. Howard is ahead of Horford in terms of last season’s average rebounds. But Horford is undoubtedly a better shooter.

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Experts feel that the 30-year-old Hawks’ center has just reached his potential. Howard’s career, however, it is considered to be on a steady decline.

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